Wednesday, 4 June 2014

What Festivals Will You Attend - Me? World Duty Free Whisky Festival

World Duty Free who run the Duty Free shops across the 21 UK airports are in the middle of holding a Whisky Festival at their locations. They will introduce new premium brands and special editions and will offer whisky tastings. They also wanted to highlight the number of women who like and drink whisky.

I personally am not a whisky drinker but when I was invited to an event in London designed just for women. The ladies who attended fell into two main groups: those who liked whisky and those who didn't!
Women make up approximately one third of the UK whisky drinkers but it is often thought of as a man's drink!.We were introduced to a new cocktail on arrival, The New Fashioned (a different spin on and Old Fashioned) and this was made for us by Miss Whiskey (aka Alwynne Gwilt), a whiskey blogger who loves talking and drinking whisky.

Miss Whisky also held an information drinking session, hoping to shake off the image of stereotyped whisky drinking men, holding on to the premise that whisky is a real man's drink! And let us try whiskies depending on what other spirits we liked eg, Vodka, Rum, Brandy etc.

We were also treated to a talk by Grace Dent, Toastmaster, journalist and speaker. Grace gave us an interesting and humourous look into her journalistic and speaking career. She also gave an insight into the changing role of women increasingly being the after dinner speaker and some top 'toastmaster' tips should we be called upon to raise the toast.

 
At the end of the evening I still didn't like whisky but I had a better, more informed opinion.  Some of the cocktails we tasted were very nice for what they were but not quite my taste.

Many thanks to World Duty Free for inviting me to this informative event. I was not paid to attend and all opinions and photos are my own.
 

8 comments:

  1. This sounds like a rather cool event! Did they give you notes oj the whiskeys 'similiar' to other spirits, I'm rather fascinated!!

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    1. They just talked through them. Personally I prefer rum!

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  2. My husband would love something like this. Me on the other hand....I can't handle whiskey.

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    1. I'm with you on the whisky Dannii - not really a fan!

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  3. I'm not a whiskey drinker but would so love to be, love the smell and have always been fascinated. Sounds like a great day out. Now those whiskey cocktails sounds good....

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    1. I could drink the cocktails but they are not my favourite - now talk about Tequila!!

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  4. Aah a whiskey festival, now we're talking!

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    1. Didn't know you were a whisky lover!!

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